[box type=”shadow”]Earning your CDL is not the same as earning a driver’s license to drive a private vehicle. Because of the size of the vehicle, you are expected to take specialized driving education classes
. The sizes of the commercial vehicles driven make this necessary. Prospective truck drivers must have a clean driving record prior to applying for the class; they must also maintain this clean record after they earn their CDL.[/box]
Your driving record must be clean — if you have more than a few moving violations or a conviction
for driving while impaired, you will not be allowed to take the truck driving course.
Students wishing to register for the commercial truck driver’s course
must have a high school diploma or GED, a social security card, and a valid driver’s license. Some states or CDL schools may require a medical clearance from your doctor.
Students will be given a manual from which they will study with their peers. This manual provides all of the necessary information about maintaining your truck, driving safely and maintaining your CDL license
. You will take your test from the material in this book.
You will receive driving instruction from a licensed instructor at an accredited school. Your driving practice will include the freeway, city roads and parking lots.
Students who have earned their CDL will be required to undergo a medical exam which verifies they are physically fit for driving; this test is required every two years. You must also pass the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Exam
to become a truck driver in the United States.